General William McKee Dunn (1814-87) Handwritten Letter Signed, "Respectfully Your Obt. Svt. W. M. Dunn", 1 pg, 5 x 8, on "War Department, Washington City" letterhead, Nov. 22, 1869, by the Indiana lawyer and two-term U.S. Representative from Indiana, while also serving briefly as aide-de-camp to General George McClelland during the Civil War and the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. Defeated for re-election in 1862, he accepted a commission from the Governor of Indiana, rising to the position of Assistant Judge Advocate General (June 1864). He was brevetted to brigadier general at war's end. Remaining in the regular army after the Civil War, he became full Judge Advocate General (1875-1881). This letter of introduction is written to Hon. E. R. Hoar, U.S. Atty. General, in the U. S. Grant administration. In part: "I have been acquainted with Lewis N. Demlitz Esq. of Louisville, Ky. many years and know him to be a lawyer of some learning and...." In fine condition.
The Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army, also known as the U.S. Army JAG Corps, is the legal arm of the United States Army, established on July 29, 1775 by General George Washington. The Corps is composed of Army officers who are also lawyers and who provide legal services to the Army at all levels of command.